Mr. One Thousand!


I joined Outdoor Afro because my mother told me about some of the stories and she is a member. Outdoor Afro has so many interesting people and stories – Brightzen, Age 15

If you are a part of the Outdoor Afro Facebook crew, you might have noticed that recently we hit the 1000 milestone of fans! To some, this number may either represent too few or too many people in the mix, but I can attest that the community has grown gradually and organically, at just the right pace that has cultivated a nice mix of people, interests, and participation. Overall, I think it’s simply a cool place to stop during your daily Facebook travels!

So just last month, I put out the call to find out who was the lucky fan that took Outdoor Afro to the 1000th fan mark. And after a bit of sleuthing, we discovered it was Brightzen H.!

I invited him to share with us why he was a fan of Outdoor Afro, and some of his outdoor interests. So this blog is dedicated to you Brightzen, and all the individual Outdoor Afro fans on Facebook and elsewhere who keep the conversation going to increase diverse participation in the Great American Outdoors!

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Please tell us a little about yourself

My name is Brightzen, I’m 15 years old and I live in Colorado. I love the outdoors because I am free to do whatever I like, run, sit & read or run some more.

I enjoy hunting, I’ve only gone twice and I bagged three pheasants the last time. I found a great receipe for southwesten pheasant and even cooked it myself. I like skiing, hiking a little, I really love fishing on a boat in the lake. It’s such a challenge to catch fish, although I do get a little impatient waiting for them to bite. The thrill is in the reeling them in. Oh, and I like camping too.

Arapaho Pass in Colorado

Why did you become a fan of Outdoor Afro?

I joined Outdoor Afro because my mother told me about some of the stories and she is a member. Outdoor Afro has so many interesting people and stories. Many of them are so funny. I learn a lot and can’t wait to visit some of the places Outdoor Afros have shared.

Aside from your mom, what else influenced your love for the oudoors?

I was a member of Beckwourth Outdoor Education. We had great outdoor experiences and we learned so much about team work, skiing, hiking, camping, hunting, you name it! The Outdoor Education part of the progam ended January of last year. It was a great progam for youth…..I guess all good things come to an end. So sad. This is a picture of the Colorado State flower – The Columbine.

Yes, I took his picture 🙂 — Brightzen


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